*Author, The First American Revolution Before Lexington and Concord (New Press, 2002. ISBN: 156584730X)
The U.S. celebrates its Independence Day on July 4 — the day the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. But when did the American Revolution get underway? History books will tell you that it began with the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 1775, but a new book begs to differ. Author Ray Raphael argues that the American Revolution started with a series of bloodless coups led by Massachussetts farmers. Raphael joins Neal Conan for a history refresher just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.